Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 139/260: Read Matthew 14

Don’t take your eyes off Jesus, or you might start to sink! That’s what happened to Peter. Jesus sent His disciples away in the boat, and after praying He went to join them—but not in a boat! Jesus walked on the water in the middle of a great storm, and when the disciples saw Him they thought He was a ghost.

He said, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” Brash Peter challenged Jesus’ assertion. He basically said to the Lord, “Prove it!” Jesus commanded Peter to walk on the water. And Peter did…until he took his eyes off the Master.

“And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’”

We live in troubled times; the storms of life are all around us and they are often “boisterous.” If we focus on the Lord, we can get through these times with His help. When we take our eyes off Jesus, we are sure to sink. Hopefully, when we recognize that we are not strong enough on our own, we will turn to the Lord for help. He is there. He wants to help us.

Later in life, the one who started to sink wrote, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Matthew 12:36. “But I say to you that for every idle word men may __________, they will give account of it in the day of __________.”

Pray

Pray for God’s help in whatever struggles you face today.

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